The festival is usually held on the island of Vlieland, but this year will be done in people’s back gardens
Translated by Thomas Ansell
As reported by the Omrop Fryslân, Into The Great Wide Open (ITGWO) festival will be taking place remotely this year, with artists, speakers, and musicians all contributing to the programme. The new ITGWO festival till still take place between August 27 and 2 September, but will be split into three parts: the “broadcast”, the “magazine”, and the “box”.
Sounds confusing, right? Well, the “broadcast” will take place on August 29 and will include sets from both Spinvis and S10. Aside from this, Alma Mathijsen and Bonne Reijn will bring together young writers on the beach, and the “forest-watcher” will take virtual attendees around the empty festival site.
The magazine will be themed around the idea of “the critical mass”, and will include essays from artists, and interviews with activists; as well as a collage by Spinvis, and other interactive elements. The “box” is probably the easiest way to bring about that festival spirit, and will contain a number of ITGWO-themed items including mini-sculptures, artisanal drinks, and ideas for eco-friendly summer activities like growing your own food.
Other online-led activities will include a film-programme, S10 holding a writers workshop, and both DJ St. Paul and Rob Sweere streaming various projects that combine art and music. Into The Great Wide Open was, like most years, sold out within an hour of tickets going on sale. A large number of those that bought tickets decided not to ask for their money back, and instead ‘donated’ it to the festival. This has meant that all of the artists have been able to be paid and continue their association with ITGWO.
Next year, Into The Great Wide Open will (hopefully) again take place on Vlieland, and will be held between 2 September and 5 September.